LEXINGTON, OH – He’s back. Will Power screamed with joy when he tuned a blazing hot lap around the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on his final lap of the Firestone Fast Six. Power, turned in a time of 1:05.1569-seconds in his No. 12 Chevrolet en route to his third pole of the NTT IndyCar Series season and 57th of his career.
“It’s been such a bad year,” Power said on his pole. “I want to stick it to them. I don’t care. I have such a fire burning in me when I do a lap like that. So happy to get the pole. So happy. It’s great for confidence for me and for my guys. I feel so bad for my guys. I’ve made some mistakes, so it was good to pay those guys back with some positive energy, and for our supporters as well for all the effort they put in. It’s been a tough year. I had a lot of energy to get pole today. I really want to win a race now. The things that haven’t gone our way…it just starts to wear on you. For me, it just makes me faster and more aggressive that leads to mistakes. That was just a really neat, hard lap to put in. Not a sector was wrong. I studied all the data I could all week long to understand how to do every sector as perfect as possible.”
Power, was on used reds but was .3748-seconds quicker than second place starter Alexander Rossi who was on sticker reds.
Power, started 2019 off with two poles in-a-row. But, that’s when all his luck changed. He didn’t have a front row starting spot until last weekend in Iowa. Now, he’s got two straight on the season and five straight at Mid-Ohio. Furthermore, in his last eight Mid-Ohio starts, the Team Penske driver has seven starts on the front row overall.
This was a day that Power wanted to prove that he still has it.
Rossi, turned in a time of 1:05.5317-seconds in his No. 27 Honda. Last year, Rossi qualified on the pole and led 66 of 90 laps en route to a dominating win.
The man Rossi is chasing in the championship in Josef Newgarden will start third in his No. 2 Chevrolet. Newgarden, qualified with a lap of 1:05.7885-seconds. He won last weeks race at Iowa from the third starting spot and has two straight top four finishes at Mid-Ohio. He also has three top four finishes in four tries on natural road courses in 2019. Heading into Sunday, Newgarden leads Rossi by 29 points.
Simon Pagenaud rolls off fourth in his No. 22 Chevrolet as Penske has three of the top four starting spots. Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top five.
Honda Indy 200 Starting Lineup
Row 1: Will Power, Alexander Rossi
Row 2: Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud
Row 3: Sebastien Bourdais, Felix Rosenqvist R
Row 4: Colton Herta R, Scott Dixon
Row 5: Jack Harvey, Ryan Hunter-Reay
Row 6: James Hinchcliffe, Marcus Ericsson R
Row 7: Spencer Pigot, Santino Ferrucci R
Row 8: Graham Rahal, Max Chilton
Row 9: Takuma Sato, Ed Jones
Row 10: Marco Andretti, Zach Veach
Row 11: Matheus Leist, RC Enerson
Row 12: Tony Kanaan